Commuting - Anyone here tried "vibe"?
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05-23-07, 05:49 AM
I also posted this in training/nutrition, but I'm a commuter not a racer so I figured I'd ask here just to get some different answers.
If you aren't familiar with it, it's basically a liquid multivitamin. Like many supplements, their testimonials are excessively outlandish, but it doesn't seem quite as sketchy as some.
I'm primarily interested in:
1) If YOU took it and had good effects.
2) If YOU took it and had bad/no effects.
3) I'd love to hear it compared with other supplements/vitamins that you've tried as well.
I'm NOT interested in:
* "My wife's brother took it" (I want firsthand experiences)
* "That's a pyramid marketing scheme so it's gotta be junk" (I know it's a pyramid and I've got a healthy dose of skepticism)
* "It doesn't look different from any other multivitamin" (opinion, no matter how well informed, that is based on reading claims / web sites / etc).
Go easy on the vitamins. (http://society.guardian.co.uk/health/story/0,,2085343,00.html)
05-23-07, 06:27 AM
Yes, I do use Vibe...and I really like it alot. I read the article that Ekdog posted, and it's true that for the most part, an average person, as long as they actually eat well most likely will get all the vitamins and nutrients they need. For me, this is not always possible. I work in law enforcement...I work graveyards...it's a high stress job...I also juggle my time between work, my family, my household, and also the National Guard. So, you see, I just don't get as much good nutrition as I need. Oh yeah, and I work in some riding somewhere in there as well. Vibe is listed in the physician's desk reference, which does give it some merit, but so is prozac...so..well, anyway. Now, Vibe is marketed a bit, shall we say "differently" than other supplements. Me personally, I buy it from the wife of a Guard friend of mine, and she makes a bit off every bottle she sells. But, you know what...big deal, good for her. It is a bit expensive at right around $60 a bottle, but if you only take the recommended amount, the bottle will last you a month easy. I take it [I]almost[I] everyday, so mine usually last five weeks or so. I will tell you that I have noticed an improvement in my energy levels and tend to wake up feeling like I have slept longer than I really did. It took a couple of weeks to really notice, but it sure does make a difference. But like anything, you should only use a supplement if it works for you, otherwise your just wasting your time and money.
05-23-07, 08:06 AM
Ekdog, I appreciate the article. Vibe in particular doesn't go much over 100% RDA (it has 200% for two things). I do shy away from vitamins that claim really high levels of stuff (I've seen ones with 1000%+).
However what I'd like to see is people's real experiences. If it's true that a decent diet means you don't need supplementation, then there ought to be people saying "I tried it for a month and it didn't do anything for me."
I can certainly say that about Centrum... I've taken it quite a bit and can't say I noticed any significant change. However it's also like $10 for 3 months, so who cares. Vibe is a tad more pricey. Of course, it's also true that you don't get what you don't pay for.
redtires, yeah I understand how it's marketed. I know someone who sells it, but she is understandably slightly biased ;). And I don't have a real problem with it, IF it is worthwhile. That's what I want to get some feedback on before I drop $100+ on it so my wife and I can try it for a month.
Let's just say that the marketing budgets for these nutrition companies is generally 10x (or more) than the R&D of the actual product.
One thing is guaranteed, if you use it you will have expensive poop.
05-23-07, 08:26 AM
Let's just say that ....
This is exactly the kind of response you can keep to yourself. I already have plenty of skepticism, I'm looking for first-person experiences.
05-23-07, 10:12 AM
Vibe?....what? O, sorry wrong thread :D
05-23-07, 10:39 AM
good diet should meet nutrient requirements but fitday.com tells me I am lacking in vit D and calcium, even w/ what seems like a lot of fortified (skim) milk w/ cereal every morning, and too much ice cream most nights (maybe that's not vit D fortified...)
There are other weird nutrient interactions. Dairy products block iron absorption, for instance, and iron in plants is not very available, so don't expect to get much/any iron from creamed spinach, while citrus in particular but vit C in general increase iron availability, so tomato sauce w/ meat is iron city (esp. if prepared in cast iron pan like I do, though not for that reason), as long as you don't drink milk along with it. And you get even more iron if you drink lemonade on top of it all.
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